Welcome to Gender Empowerment & Development
Created in 1996 by 5 women, registered in 2002 as a Common Initiative Group and in 2009 as a Local NGO, GeED’s special mission is to ensure social justice through a creation of a link between gender and human rights. This is done through:
Public awareness creation and campaigns,
Education and training especially for women and girls on their rights and how to claim and enjoy these rights
Lobbying and advocacy for the respect of women sang girls rights
Youth development programs,
Empowering secondary and primary schools, parent Teachers Associations, Students and Pupils to work towards ending School Related Gender Based Violence
GeED sees the sustainable development of communities through the positive behavioral change and the communities’ own self determination. We strive to build a world where empowered women and youth can liberally exercise their rights for a just and equal society. GeED’s vision envisages that every woman’s role is pivotal in the development process not withstanding self-advancement of skills and potentials for positive change.
GeED is working to develop the
capacities required for equitable
participatory development towards
attaining the Millennium Development
GeED’s several gender mainstreamed projects are geared towards eliminating all forms of violence against women and girls. Several sensitizations are done to address this.
Through a family role model
programme and Young women leadership programme, etc, GeED brings women to
talk about their problems and seek
alternative solutions and ways of
Violence against women and girls is recognized as the most prevalent violations of human rights that manifest affecting millions of women and girls of all cultures, religions, socio-economic strata, educational levels and other diversity. It is recognized as a human rights issue that manifests itself in physical, psychological, sexual, social and cultural forms. Violence is the result of the complex interplay of individual, relational, social, cultural and environmental factors.
GeED has a special responsibility to make the link between gender and human rights, in lobbying and advocacy and to also undertake training and sensitization programmes aimed at integrating gender and building capacity for gender analysis from a human rights perspective for staff,community women groups, church women’s groups,Youth groups, men’s groups and School clubs.GeED offers a variety of volunteer and internshipplacements, Please contact us for more info.
Violence against Women
GeED focuses on promoting gender mainstreaming and the use of a human rights-based approaches in all aspects of life as a prerequisite to sustainable development.
Schools (students, teachers, parents, gender clubs, school administrators and proprietors)
Church groups (Women’s groups, youth groups, girls groups)
Some key activities GeED has carried out:
GeED organises several workshops targeting especially women in Combating and identifying the different forms of violence against women in the North, South and West Region. So far, 14 communities are empowered and are engaged in actions towards reducing various forms of discriminations and gender-based violence against women within their communities. The aim has been to contribute to the overall goal of promoting gender equality and empowering women. Consequently, the outcome will be socio-cultural and economic, touching on the very essence of development in every sense.
GeED has realised a project on Violence against women in three Regions of the country
GeED works with young women in a program called Young Women’s Leadership Program through which these women are empowered on self-esteem and leadership skills in preparation for them to eventually participate actively in public life.
GeED works with female school drop outs on strategies to continue with education either functionally or formally despite the odds
GeED has pioneered and promoted the legislation to promote social justice and respect for human rights (women’s right), the lobby document of the Cameroon’s Family code which has been in draft for 30 years has finally been resurfaced and in collaboration with other organizations, GeED is fighting for the Family code for a critical analysis for significant improvement in terms of provisions that guarantee human rights , CEDAW, Maputo Protocol to its final level and tabling it to the parliamentarians for validation as they are the ones who generally propose bills and adopt laws. Three (3) working sessions and a parliamentary dinner have been organised with other collaborators and a lobby document a document which will provide a comprehensive platform for the observance of women’s rights especially those relating to gender equality and eliminating prejudices, customary and other practices based on women’s inferiority.
GeED has a trained social drama team and has a social drama leader and is currently producing an educative video materials with focus on educating against gender based violence .Through GeED’s public display through role plays in the workshops in done so far in the South and West Region of Cameroon, there has been the vulgarisation of gender-based violence and international human rights issues brought to light.
GeED has presented a report on the human rights in Cameroon and together with the Platform for Economic Social and Cultural Rights in Cameroon wrote an Alternative Report of the Economic Social and Cultural Rights of Cameroon and presented in the International Convention on ESCR Committee in Geneva
GeED is implementing a project on School Related Gender Based Violence in 45 Secondary Schools and 15 Primary schools in three Regions of Cameroon
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